Leona K. Bunker

Born: Sat., Oct. 20, 1923
Died: Tue., Jul. 3, 2012

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Leona K. Bunker, 88, of Sidney, departed this life to claim her reward in heaven at 1:15 AM on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at her home. She was born October 20, 1923 on the Regula Family Farm near Sante Fe, Ohio. She was the daughter of the late Clarence and Della (Zweibel) Regula. On June 18, 1944, Leona married Russell C. Bunker who died October 30, 2005. Leona was also preceded in death by her son, David Russell Bunker who died September 16, 1960. Leona is survived by four children, Trish and Jim Stegall of Ft. Worth, Texas, John and Mary Bunker of Milford, New Jersey, Jim and Cuilain Leung of Campbell, California, and Mike and Angie Bunker of Sidney, Ohio and special daughter, Terri Bunker of Denver, Colorado. Leona is also survived by fifteen grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren; a sister, Virginia and Norman Klopfenstein of Jackson Center; and a sister-in-law, Patricia and Jerry McVay of Columbus, Ohio. Leona is also survived by many nieces and nephews who will miss her dearly along with her longtime friend, Emma Snavely. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth Knief and Lucille Klopfenstein and one brother, Leroy Regula. Leona met Russell when they both worked at the Stolle Corporation in 1943. After they married and as their children entered school, Leona worked at the Sidney Daily News while they were still located downtown and later went on to work at Lynn's Stamp News/Coin World. Leona's life centered around her involvement with a variety of activities at the Sidney First United Methodist Church. Her ministry included, rocking babies in the nursery, member of the Blanche Wilhide Circle, many years of cooking at the Tar Hollow Youth Camp, United Methodist Women and other various activities and committees. Leona was a past president of the FISH organization and loved to cook and volunteer at the Alpha Center on Tuesday evenings. Leona enjoyed making cookies for her grandchildren, playing cards with her sisters every Wednesday, time spent with family and of course mowing her grass. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 2:00 PM at the Sidney First United Methodist Church in Sidney. Burial will be at a later date at Graceland Cemetery, Sidney. Friends may call at Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home in Sidney on Saturday, July 7, 2012 from 6-8 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alpha Center, 330 E. Court St., Sidney, Ohio 45365. Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the Bunker family on Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home's web site at: www.salm-mcgillandtangeman

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Dave Ross

Leona had a great life. She and Russ were simply the best. They were valued friends of the Ross family.

Tom and Polly Watkins

Leona and Russ were two of our favorite people. They gave so much of themselves to everyone without asking questions. We will miss them. Tom and Polly

Jill Heath

I have especially fond memories of Leona when growing up. She and Russ were great friends of my parents, Bill and Muriel Heath. I spent many memorable evenings around the table listening to spirited discussions and enjoying Leona's wonderful cooking. Leona had such a gift of hospitality. I remember always feeling welcome and accepted. She was also such a faithful caring friend to my mother, often assisting me in these recent years of my mother's illness. I smile imagining her, Russ, and my dad having a sweet reunion. Trish, Mike, John, and the rest of your family, please know I share your sadness in her passing. I lost my dad recently and miss him terribly, but take comfort knowing I will see him again - as you will your wonderful mom.

Esther Lamka

My sympathy to the Bunker Family. Russ and Leona were our card club friends. They were both such good people and we had many, many happy times with them.

tam and karen

I am so sorry for your loss. Leona was a great person and loved all of you very much. Prayers are with you.

Pat and Carol Milligan

Dear Mike, John, and the Bunker family, We were so sorry to read about your Mother's death when we returned from a week at Tom's cottage in Indiana, where all our family gathered for the first time in four years. Your Mother and Father left a great legacy to all of you for love of God, devotion to family, service to mankind, and hardwork. She was a wonderful lady and we were priviledged to have known her. With sympathy and affection, Pat and Carol Milligan